A Shumakolowa Native Arts exclusive! This unique café-style ceramic mug is a replica of a single beautiful clay pot handcrafted by award-winning Acoma potter Patricia Lowden. Her orange, black, and red designs on a white background are interpretations of traditional pottery symbols from Acoma Pueblo, including rain, clouds, mountains and rain parrots. While the original clay piece is already at home in a permanent collection in Albuquerque, this replica is a great gift idea and a meaningful way to bring traditional Pueblo pottery designs into your everyday life.
Collect all five designs, available exclusively at Shumakolowa Native Arts!
- Collectible tall cafe style mug
- Original designs by artist Paticia Lowden (Acoma Pueblo)
- Cup measurements: 6"" H x 4-1/2 L x 3-1/4 W
- 18 oz
- This Item is Not Dishwasher or Microwave safe
The mugs are designed by Pueblo artists from New Mexico, and printed in the USA on imported ceramics.
About the Artist
Patricia was born in 1960 into the Acoma Sun Clan. She is the great-granddaughter of Lupe Chavez; granddaughter of Jessie Garcia and Andrea Lowden; daughter of Anita Garcia Lowden; niece of Marcus Garcia, Chester Garcia, Lori Garcia, Tina Garcia, and Stella Shutiva; and sister of Jerilyn Emanuel. Patricia is known for her Ancestral Pueblo (formerly referred to as Anasazi) revival black-on-white and traditional pots.
The most celebrated and recognized art form of the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico is pottery. Pueblo pottery is known around the world for its remarkable beauty and craftsmanship. It has been made in much the same way for over a thousand years, with every step of creation completed by hand.
Pueblo potters do not use a wheel, but construct pots using the traditional horizontal coil method, or freely forming the shape. After the pot is formed, the artist polishes the piece with a natural polishing stone, such as a river stone, then paints it with a vegetal, mineral, or commercial slip. Finally, the pot is fired in an outdoor fire or kiln using manure or wood as fuel.
Santa Clara, San Ildefonso, Jemez, and Acoma Pueblos have distinctive pottery styles that are especially prized by collectors, but accomplished potters are working in all Pueblos.
Today, Pueblo pottery is an exciting and dynamic form, with many artists pairing traditional techniques with innovative and stylized designs. Those potters who continue to create pots using traditional methods possess an extraordinary level of skill, and their pots are highly valuable works of fine art that will be enjoyed for generations to come.Read our Native American Pottery Collector's Guide.